Responding to reports today that Manston Airport will be used to park lorries due to the ongoing situation in Calais and Dover, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and UKIP's Leader of Thanet District Council Chris Wells issued the following joint statement:
"UKIP neither wants nor needs the Ramsgate area, including Manston, to become a lorry park. This is a simplistic and short term approach to the ongoing crisis in Calais and Dover.
"UKIP-controlled Thanet District Council is only interested in getting lorries moving so that business can flourish, not simply transferring the parking problem from Dover into the neighbouring districts. We need a more radical approach, and so we urge the government to open up the Port of Ramsgate so lorries can be moved across to the continent.
"This diversification of routes would open up a new stream of movement for vehicles and help businesses get moving again. That is the real approach required to combat the major economic problems that are now arising from trouble on the Calais/Dover route."